June's Nature Happenings

* June is National Perennial Garden Month and National Rivers Month

* Full Moon - June 5; New Moon - June 21

* June 20: Summer Solstice. The sun is at its highest point in the sky. It's the longest day of the year and the first day of summer.

* Hummingbirds and Orioles are nesting and may become scarce at the feeders. Their activity will increase again when the young come off the nest at the end of June / beginning of July.

* Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtails, Silver-spotted Skippers, and Monarch butterflies emerge.

* Cecropia Moths emerge.

* Hummingbird Moths emerge (late June). Often mistaken for 'baby hummingbirds' - don't be fooled!

* Young birds begin to leave their nests, often a few days before they can fly. The parents are still caring for them - Do not disturb or 'rescue' these baby birds!

* Bird migration is finished. Birds that are here now are summer residents that nest.

* As the month progresses, feeders can become busy with visiting parents and fledglings.

* Brown Bats give birth.

* First fireflies of the year appear.

* Bullfrogs begin calling.

* Crickets begin 'singing'.

* Many species of Dragonflies and Damselflies emerge.

* Wood Ducks and Mallard Ducks hatch. The ducklings can be seen following the adult ducks in ponds and lakes.

* Canada Geese begin molting.

* Young Woodchucks and Raccoons emerge and venture out with their mothers.

* Cottonwoods send out seeds - lots of white 'fluff' in the air, especially along Lake Erie's shoreline.

* Wildflowers in bloom include: blue flag iris, yellow hawkweed, wild lupine, wild strawberry, pitcher-plant, common buttercup, ox-eye daisies, common cinquefoil, black locust, and more.